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Release: June 28, 2000

National Council of Teachers of English elects Sunstein, Whitmore

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Bonnie S. Sunstein and Kathryn F. Whitmore, both associate professors in the University of Iowa College of Education, have been elected to leadership posts within the National Council of Teachers of English.

Sunstein, an associate professor of English and education, was elected to a three-year term as a trustee of the NCTE's Research Foundation. Trustees pass judgment on research proposals received from the field and manage fiscal resources of the Foundation.

Whitmore, an associate professor in the College of Education's Language, Literacy and Culture Program, was elected to the 2000-2001 NCTE Nominating Committee. She was also named chair of the committee after receiving the most votes. Nominating Committee members give regional and teaching-level representation to the elective processes of the council and help to choose candidates for other posts as well as the Nominating Committee for the following year.

The National Council of Teachers of English, with 77,000 members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Its membership is composed of elementary, middle and high school teachers, supervisors of English programs, college and university faculty, teacher educators, local and state agency English specialists and professionals in related fields.